Legislative Council: Wednesday, February 08, 2023


Wine Industry

The Hon. N.J. CENTOFANTI (Leader of the Opposition) (14:30): Supplementary: why is the minister talking recovery when this is a crisis that is occurring now, and why is the wine industry not receiving the same level of government support or financial relief as the rock lobster industry, given they, too, have been subjected to global market disruptions?

The Hon. C.M. SCRIVEN (Minister for Primary Industries and Regional Development, Minister for Forest Industries) (14:30): There are a number of programs that are assisting winegrowers, particularly in terms of diversification of markets: assistance through PIRSA, in terms of—

Members interjecting:


The Hon. C.M. SCRIVEN: —consideration of diversification of varieties, as well as ongoing technical information and support from PIRSA for those growers who are interested in doing that. The Malinauskas Labor government has continued to support those and also create new opportunities, which is an important part of supporting our wine industry going forward.